Mon, 24 Jun 2019

Authorities in Germany have dispatched more than 1,000 police officers from across the country to the eastern town of Koethen to monitor anti-immigration protests there in the evening on September 16.

Water cannons and mounted police were on hand to keep the peace between far-right groups and counterprotesters.

A local university warned students to avoid what it described as the site of the 'potentially violent demonstrations.'

The rally in Koethen is the latest in a number of far-right marches that have gripped eastern Germany in recent weeks.

Far-right organizations, including the anti-Islam group PEGIDA, called the protest over the death of a 22-year-old German man in Koethen a week ago.

Police say the man, who had a heart condition, intervened in a fight between several Afghan migrants there.

According to the authorities, the man was punched in the face and subsequently died of a heart attack. Two Afghan men, aged 18 and 20, have been arrested.

Officials have expressed concern that the incident could lead to physical attacks on migrants of the kind seen in the eastern city of Chemnitz following the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old man in August.

Two men -- a Syrian and an Iraqi -- were arrested over the killing in Chemnitz, while another migrant is being sought by police.

Police say a 17-year-old Afghan man was attacked by Germans in the town of Hasselfelde late on September 15.

In a separate incident, three Somalis were attacked on September 15 by a group of Germans in the nearby town of Halberstadt.

Based on reporting by dpa and AP

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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